Above image by artist Jemima Burrill
I Belong To Zero is me Claire Alexander. I am an Australian born and raised, UK-based artist, poet and teacher. I make illustrated poetry inspired by nature, space, meditation, geometry and the Tao. My interest is in the point where word and line connect, this zero point of abyss which exists in the un-navigated creative space. I am always looking to unite the spaces within myself and to connect with the wider universe by reaching into this internal plain. The lines, shapes and words that come from this exploration make up the majority of my work.
I grew up between rivers, mountains, lakes and beaches on a farm in South Eastern Australia. My first memory is of sky and land, nature has always been my keeper. I studied a Degree in Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing (minor in Photography) from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. I predominately saw myself as a writer and poet but then felt there might be more. I followed a thread that I wanted to help the world in some way, and went on to further study a Post-Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy from RMIT University. I then moved to London and worked as an Art Therapist in the revolutionary Studio Upstairs in Hackney, an inspiring space where where I also received immense healing and it was there that I started to draw and link my work together. I then fell pregnant with my first child and began training in Body & Brain Yoga and Ki-gong (the main objective here was to stay sane and ward off the most debilitating homesickness, but which quickly turned into a very deep healing experience/spiritual awakening/way of life). I completed my Dahn Master teacher training within the practice and now I now teach locally around Lewes and Brighton as well as offering 1-1 healing sessions and running workshops. I have three children and I collaborate closely with my husband/creative partner photographer Casey Moore, we live together in Lewes, East Sussex. All of this forms together inside me to come out as poetry and line.
I make work to bring it up to bring it out / To see what I had no idea was there before/ to light the fire and then to walk through it / to wake up that which was asleep / to be brave to face the black hole fear of no return / I make work to get through it / to get into it / making art and writing for me is meditation / it is a way in / and a way out
I did an interview about my work and process for my friend SIDELINE on their blog
I also did an interview for AlphaKilo in their Muses section about my work and inspiration